We were sitting in 2nd and 3rd place, 0.388 and 0.882 behind Jay Jackson. Garrett put the pressure on Jay early by jumping into the lead with a class-best 63.871 on his first run. I struggled with 3rd again and ran an embarrassingly slow 66.781. Jay ran a 64.719, dropping him to second, but moved back into the lead on his second run with a 64.009. Garrett missed a gate on course for a DNF, and I ran another slow time (65.993), and hit 5th gear on an attempted 3rd gear upshift again. On Jay's final run in the 914-6, he slowed down by 0.2, with a 64.264, leaving the door open for Garret to steal the win. Unfortunately, Garrett only made up half of the 0.2s defect, by running a 63.764, and picked up a cone. With first and second place settled, and my head not in the game, I was just hoping to hang on to third place. I decided I would leave the car in 2nd gear and never even try for 3rd. The result: I shaved only 0.6 seconds off and ran another slow time -- 65.302. Rick McPherson leapfrogged into 3rd place on his last run with a 64.641. So, Garrett finished 2nd (0.2s from first) and I wound up 4th (2.17s out of first). Great job Garrett!!!
In looking at the data on the ride home, I had identical times and speeds to Garrett in all but two places on course. I lost 1.1 seconds to Garrett from the start through the opening offsets leading into the first slalom. I lost another 0.7 seconds to Garrett in the final slalom before the finish.
Garrett's first run on Sunday:
Bryan's 3rd run on Sunday:
I really need to figure out why I'm having such a hard time finding 3rd in this car. I've never been able to hit it consistently. I've changed transmissions, seats, seating position, shifters, and even put in a rail to guide the shifter into 3rd. I'm just too ham-fisted, I guess. Oh well, we still had still a fantastic weekend with a great competition with some really great FP guys. Blytheville is such a great site, and has such great people, I'm shocked at the low turnout for this Tour. Anyone that couldn't make it missed a great event. We will definitely be back in October for another shot at Jay.
Up next for us? We've decided to run the Toledo, OH National Tour on July 2-3 to get more seat time on concrete.